Death of Love The traditional vow, “till death dous part” signifies that the married couple will intend to spend the rest oftheir lives together, they will only be split by death.
Living life withoutyour loved one can be a hard life not knowing what will come next. The shortstories “The Story of an Hour” and “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” shows theseparate lives of two different yet similar situations of the lives of twowomen. Both authors allow the reader to understand how it feels to lose someoneyou love but, showing the different types of mindsets the women have in the useof symbolism, imagery, and of tone in the writing while still havingsimilarities in the theme of being independent without your loved ones.
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Kate Chopin’s short story, “TheStory of an Hour,” is a fictional writing about a woman finding out that herhusband apparently had passed away in a railroad disaster. Alone in her room,the strong character of Mrs. Mallard deals with the news of Brently’s death, “Butnow there was a dull stare in her eyes, whose gaze was fixed away off yonder onone of those patches of blue sky. It was not a glance of reflection, but ratherindicated suspension of intelligent thought” (Chopin).
Dazing off into the openwindow, Mrs. Mallard sees the blue sky only to symbolize the freedom andopportunities that are to come her way after her husband’s death. In KatherineAnne Porter’s short story, “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” is about a womanwho is sick in bed that does not believe she is dying. Unlike the way Chopinused the blue sky to represent freedom in the near future, however Porter decidedto symbolize the color blue in a different way to show the stages in the pastof Granny Weatherall’s life. Looking back to the good old days, she remembersthe organization in her household, “it was good to have everything clean andfolded away, with the hair brushes and tonic bottles sitting straight on thewhite, embroidered linen: the day started without fuss and the pantry shelveslaid out with rows of jelly glasses and brown jugs and white stone-china jarswith blue whirligigs and words painted on them: coffee, tea, sugar, ginger,cinnamon, allspice: and the bronze clock with the lion on top nicely dusted off”(Porter).
The symbolism the color blue can have a huge impact to theunderstanding of the writing the authors portray in their stories. Imagery use causes the reader toconceive many ideas in their minds to allow them to think deeper in the hiddenmessages the author places in the writing, rather than just looking at thesurface. Both authors used to capture word pictures with the help of nature toemphasize the interaction between the two main characters. In “Story of an Hour,”the author mentions “the new spring life” and getting a taste of “deliciousrain” the as a clear view of imagery (Chopin).
The reader can picture Spring asa time for new beginning for Louise Mallard to bring out the theme of how herlife will now be without her husband. In “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” theauthor used the same imagery approach with nature to step into the shoes ofGranny Weatherall while remembering the hard time of being left at the altar byher fiancé. “There was the day, the day, but a whirl of dark smoke rose andcovered it, crept up and over into the bright field where everything was plantedso carefully in orderly rows” (Porter). This sentence creates a picture in the reader’smind using dark images of words that reflected upon the pain Granny wentthrough to get a sense of negativity in the air.
The writers use of tone makes thereader analyze the feelings the characters are going through during a series ofevents. Both stories got through a series of irony to show the shift of tone ina way you would least expect it. In a very dramatic way was when Mrs. Mallardin, “The Story of an Hour,” how she locked herself in her room while not beingable to accept the fact of her husband’s tragedy. The tone starts of with sadnessof Mrs. Mallard finding out about her husband, only to later shift her mindinto being optimistic about the situation and is expressed in a series of repetitionwords, “free, free, free!” (Chopin). Although, when her husband comes home inthe end after supposedly not being dead, the irony strikes and Mrs.
Mallarddies of heart disease. The narrator in “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” alsomakes the reader feel sad in the tone expressed when it talks about the pastGranny Weatherall lived. “You waste life when you waste good food. Don’t letthings get lost. It’s bitter to lose things” (Porter). This passage from thestory is to point out the intensity of losing her daughter, husband, and an ex-fiancéhad in her life. Both stories transition to a very depressing tone in the endthat it began, when both Mrs.
Mallard and Granny Weatherall pass away. In conclusion, while reading a storyyou really have to unfold each part to analyze the symbolism, theme, and tonethat each one portrays in its own unique way. Both authors have their similaritiesand differences creating these characters to feel their emotions while also comingto the understanding that this is how life is when tough times like that passby. The worst part about losing someone, isn’t having to say goodbye, butrather learning to live without them while trying to fill the cracks in yourheat when they go.